Esmeralda Montenegro Owen
Curator of Marketing & Community Engagement
Filipino History Comes to Life
SALINAS, CA– On Friday, April 27, 2012 at 6:00PM the National Steinbeck Center presents the official opening of Filipino Voices: Past and Present Exhibition at 1 Main Street, Salinas, California.
This private reception is for special guests, Steinbeck Center members, and the media. The evening program includes a procession, a blessing, music, dance and readings. Filipino attire is encouraged.
The public will be able to appreciate this exhibition starting Saturday, April 28 through July 22, 2012, with general museum admission.
The exhibition is a provocative story of the Filipino American experience and the intertwined tale of the Filipino American community in Salinas Chinatown.
Filipino Voices: Past and Present captures the challenges and issues that confronted Filipinos during the 1930s. Their organized demands for social and racial justice, improved wages and work conditions through the development of unions ignites the fighting spirit of Filipino labor activists particularly seen in the 1934-1936 Salinas Lettuce Strikes and the Delano Grape Strikes of the mid-1960s.
About the National Steinbeck Center
The National Steinbeck Center is located at One Main Street in Salinas, California, the birthplace of John Steinbeck. It is a museum and cultural institution with a mission to engage people in the exploration of culture, issues and the arts relevant to our times, inspired by the words of John Steinbeck. The Center offers multiple visitor experiences: